A former pupil at a private boarding school was headbutted by the owner in a dining room full of other children, a court has heard.
The owner attacked the youngster at Underley Hall, in Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria, Carlisle Crown Court was told.
The owner, now 77, and four ex-members of staff deny allegations of cruelty and actual bodily harm.
The alleged offences are said to have taken place at the school during the 1970s and 80s.
Giving evidence, the former pupil told the jury he had been fighting with another boy in a dormitory before going to the dining hall for tea.